Michigan Wildflowers

Michigan Wildflowers

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Small Wonders...

Iris, Dwarf Lake Dwarf Lake Iris
Now that I am living back in the Midwest I have been forced to appreciate the simple things in nature. Without stunning summit vistas or 100' waterfalls to reward me on my hikes I grew concerned that my camera was going to quickly start gathering dust. While in the southeast I developed a minor interest in the beautiful flora that accompanied me on my hikes. I decided to check it out, though the North Woods isn't exactly known for its exotic wildflowers (I mean, how can you compete with the Rhododendron bloom in the Appalachains?). I bought a book by the name Wildflowers of Michigan and was astounded at the variety of flora that call the North Woods home. In fact Michigan's State Wildflower, the delicate Dwarf Lake Iris, is found nowhere else in the world except select locations along the north shores of Lakes Michigan & Huron! Like the Dwarf Lake Iris, most are tiny flowers (the seasons at this latitude are just too short) so many of these tiny wonders are passed unnoticed as you tramp through the pines....unless you slow down and take time to look.  
Large-flowered Trillium Large-flowered Trillium
So, with my guidebooks in tow I've set out on a few local trails. Keeping my pace in low gear has allowed the variety of the woodlands around me to reveal itself. Needless to say, I'm hooked. As the seasons come and go the collection continues to grow. Please bear with me as this is a relatively new hobby. I apologize ahead of time for any incorrect info that may be displayed with my pictures (aka. names). Please don't go to your friends and tell them about the idiot on summitpost who labeled a Yellow Downy Violet as a Prairie Sunflower, just let me know so I can change it and save face with the next person who visits. This is very much a learning experience for me so if you have any tips, information, or wildflower hotspots please share....and above all ENJOY THE PHOTOS!!!! Here's a list of the flowers I have so far, by color...

Yellow Blooms

Sunflower, Woodland Woodland Sunflower
Iris, Yellow Flag Yellow Lady's Slipper
Ragwort, Golden Golden Ragwort
Common Name Scientific Name Native? Range
Betony, Wood Pedicularis canadensis Yes Entire LP, Scattered UP
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Yes Entire State
Butter-and-eggs Linaria vulgaris No Scattered Throughout
Buttercup, Swamp Ranunculus septentrionalis Yes Entire State
Canada Hawkweed Hieracium canadense Yes Scattered in LP, Entire UP
Cinquefoil, Canadian Dwarf Potentilla canadensis Yes Widely Scattered Throughout
Coreopsis, Lance-leaved Heliopsis helianthoides Yes Northern Tip & Southwest LP, Entire UP
Dandelion, Common Taraxacum officinale No Entire State
Frostweed Helianthemum canadense Yes Entire LP, South-central UP
Goldenrod, Houghton's Oligoneuron houghtonii Yes Extreme Northern LP, Eastern UP
Goldenrod, Ohio Oligoneuron ohioense Yes Southeast & Extreme Northern LP, Scattered in UP
Goldenrod, Showy Solidago speciosa Yes Scattered in Southern & Northern LP, Western UP
Hoary Puccoon Lithospermum canescens Yes Southern LP, isolated Northwest LP, Menominee County
Iris, Yellow Flag Iris pseudacorus No Very Isolated NW & Southern LP
Lady's Slipper, Yellow Cypripedium parviflorum Yes Entire State
Lakeside Daisy Tetraneuris herbacea Yes Isolated lakeshore areas
Lily, Bluebead (Clintonia) Clintonia borealis Yes Entire North 2/3 LP, Entire UP
Lily, Yellow Pond Nuphar lutea Yes Entire State
Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris Yes Entire State
Mullien, Common Verbascum thapsus No Entire State
Parsnip, Wild Pastinaca sativa No Scattered LP, Widespread UP
Primrose, Evening Oenothera biennis Yes Entire State
Ragwort, Golden Senecio aureus Yes Entire State
St. Johnswort, Common Hypericum perforatum No Entire State
Silverweed Argentina anserina Yes Lakeshore counties in LP, Eastern UP, scattered Western UP
Spurge, Cypress Euphorbia cyparissias No Scatterd LP, Isolated UP
Tansy, Huron Tanacetum huronense Yes Widely Scattered LP, Entire UP
Trefoil, Birdfoot Lotus corniculatus No Widely Scattered Throughout State
Violet, Downy Yellow Viola pubescens Yes Entire State
Winter Cress Barbarea vulgaris No Entire State, except north-central LP
Yellow Trout Lily Erythronium rostratum Yes Entire State

White Blooms

Indian Pipe Indian Pipe
Dutchman s Breeches Dutchman's Breeches
Bloodroot Bloodroot
Common Name Scientific Name Native? Range
Anemone, Canada Anemone canadensis Yes Entire State, more Scattered South 1/2
Aster, Bushy Aster dumosus No Scattered throughout State
Baneberry, Red Actaea rubra Yes Scattered LP, Entire UP
Baneberry, White Actaea pachypoda Yes Entire State
Beardtongue, White Penstemon digitalis Yes Scattered in Southern & extreme Northern LP, South-central UP
Bindweed, Field Convolvulus arvensis No Scattered Entire State
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis Yes Entire State except areas of Northeast Lower
Bunchberry Cornus canadensis Yes Northern LP, scattered in southern LP, Entire UP
Canada Anemone Anemone canadensis Yes Northern LP & entire UP, scattered in southern LP
Canada Mayflower Maianthemum canadense Yes Entire State
Chickweed Stellaria media No Scattered Entire State
Cress, Lyre-leaved Rock Arabis lyrata Yes Common shoreline counties of Entire State
Cress, Spring Cardamine bulbosa Yes Common Southern Half LP
Daisy, Ox-eye Leucanthemum vulgare No Entire State
Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria Yes Entire State except the Thumb
Everlasting, Pearly Anaphalis margaritacea Yes Common North 1/2, Isolated South
Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis No Scattered throughout State
Fleabane, Daisy Erigeron philadelphicus Yes Entire State
Indian Pipe Monotropa uniflora Yes Entire State, more Scattered to South
Ginseng, Dwarf Panax trifolius Yes Entire State, more scattered in northern LP
Goldthread Coptis trifolia Yes Entire State, scattered in Southeast LP
Hepatica, Sharp-lobed Hepatica nobilis Yes Entire LP, Scattered UP
Labrador Tea Ledum groenlandicum Yes Northern LP & Entire UP
Leatherleaf Chamaedaphne calyculata Yes Entire State, more Scattered to South
Lily-of-the-Valley Convallaria majalis No Scattered in Southern LP, Isolated in UP, Emmet County
Meadowsweet Spiraea latifolia Yes Scattered in Northern 1/2 of State
Mustard, Garlic Alliaria petiolata No Isolated Throughout State
Night-flowering Catchfly Silene noctiflora No Scattered in extreme northern LP, southern LP, & UP
Partridgeberry Mitchella repens Yes Entire State except Saginaw Valley
Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved Antennaria plantaginifolia Yes Entire State
Queen Anne's Lace Daucus carota No Entire State
Shinleaf Pyrola elliptica Yes Entire State
Spring Beauty Claytonia caroliniana Yes Northern LP & Thumb, Entire UP
Starflower Trientalis borealis Yes Northern LP & Entire UP, scattered Southern LP
Strawberry, Wild Fragaria virginiana Yes Entire State
Toothwort, Two-leaved Cardamine diphylla Yes Entire State, more scattered in interior locations
Trillium, Large-flowered Trillium grandiflorum Yes Entire State
Trillium, Large-flowered (Double morph) Trillium grandiflorum f. polymerum Yes Entire State
Trillium, Nodding Trillium cernuum Yes Scattered LP, Entire UP
Turtlehead, White Chelone glabra Yes Entire State
Violet, Sweet White Viola blanda Yes Entire State, except near Ohio border
Watercress Nasturtium officinale Yes Scattered LP, isolated in UP
Water Hemlock Cicuta maculata Yes Scattered throughout LP, isolated in UP
White Water Lily Nymphaea odorata Yes Entire State except Thumb area
Wild Sasparilla Aralia nudicaulis Yes Entire State
Yarrow Achillea millefolium No Entire State

Purple Blooms

Bird s Eye Primrose Birds-eye Primrose
Coneflower, Purple Purple Coneflower
Aster, New England New England Aster
Common Name Scientific Name Native? Range
Aster, Late Purple Symphyotrichum patens Yes Entire State
Aster, New England Aster novae-angliae Yes Entire South 1/2 LP, Scattered North LP & Central UP
Bergamot, Wild Monarda fistulosa Yes Entire State
Bird's-eye Primrose Primula mistassinica Yes North 1/3 LP, East 2/3 UP
Bittersweet Nightshade Solanum dulcamara No Entire LP, scattered in UP
Coneflower, Purple Echinacea pallida Yes Extremely Rare; Only on extreme S & Northern Tip LP, Mackinac & Keweenaw Counties in UP
Daisy Fleabane Erigeron annuus Yes Entire State
Dame's Rocket Hesperis matronalis No Scattered throughout state
Heal-all Prunella vulgaris Yes Entire State
Hepatica, Sharp-lobed Hepatica acutiloba Yes Entire LP & Central UP
Knapweed, Spotted Centaurea stoebe No Entire State
Loosestrife, Purple Lythrum salicaria No Widely Scattered throughout State
Lupine, Wild Lupinus perennis Yes Isolated areas throughout state
Periwinkle Vinca minor No Scattered throughout state
Speedwell, Common Veronica anagallis-aquatica Yes Scattered Lakeshores Throughout State
Thistle, Bull Cirsium vulgare No Scattered throughout State
Thistle, Canada Cirsium arvense No Scattered Throughout State
Vervian, Blue Verbena hastata Yes Entire State
Vetch, Hairy Vicia villosa No Entire State

Blue Blooms

Blue Flag Iris Blue Flag Iris
Indian Tobacco Indian Tobacco
Grape Hyacinth Grape Hyacinth
Common Name Scientific Name Native? Range
Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium montanum Yes Scattered throughout northern LP, the Thumb, & the UP
Chicory Cichorium No Scattered throughout state
Forget-Me-Not Myosotis scorpioides No Scattered throughout state
Grape Hyacinth Muscari botryoides No Northwest LP, southern LP, scattered in UP
Harebell Campanula rotundifolia Yes Entire State except Saginaw Valley
Indian Tobacco Lobelia inflata Yes Scattered Throughout State
Iris, Blue Flag Iris versicolor Yes Northern LP & entire UP
Iris, Dwarf Lake Iris lacustris Yes Michigan State Wildflower: Only place in world this plant is found is on extreme north shores of Lakes Huron & Michigan
Violet, Common Blue Viola sororia Yes Entire State, scattered Northeast LP
Violet, Dog Viola canina Yes Entire State
Violet, Marsh Blue Viola cucullata Yes Entire State, scattered south-central LP & Thumb
Viper's Bugloss Echium vulgare No Scattered Throughout State

Pink Blooms

Fireweed Fireweed
Showy Lady s Slipper Showy Lady's Slipper
Trailing Arbutus Trailing Arbutus
Common Name Scientific Name Native? Range
Basil Satureja vulgaris Yes Entire State, Except Southern Interior LP
Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Yes Entire State, Except South & West LP
Clover, Red Trifolium pratense Yes Entire State
Corydalis, Pale Corydalis sempervirens Yes Scattered North & West LP, Entire UP
Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium Yes Scattered South, Common North
Fringed Polygala Polygala paucifolia Yes Northern 2/3 of LP & entire UP
Geranium, Wild Geranium maculatum Yes Common Southern 1/2 of LP, Isolated UP
Grass Pink Calopogon tuberosus Yes Scattered throughout State
Herb-Robert Geranium robertianum Yes Western LP & Thumb area, Eastern UP
Lady's Slipper, Pink Cypripedium acaule Yes Entire State, more Scattered South & West LP
Lady's Slipper, Showy Cypripedium reginae Yes Scattered throughout State
Maiden Pink Dianthus deltoides Yes Very Rare, Isolated throughout state
Milkweed, Common Asclepias syriaca Yes Entire State
Pea, Beach Lathyrus japonicus Yes West & NE coast of LP, coastal UP
Pea, Everlasting (or Sweet) Lathyrus latifolius No Widely Scattered Entire State
Rose, Wild (or Smooth) Rosa blanda Yes Entire State, Scattered South LP
Thistle, Swamp Cirsium muticum Yes Scattered throughout State
Trailing Arbutus Epigaea repens Yes Entire State except SW LP
Twinflower Linnaea borealis Yes Isolated South 1/2, Common North
Twisted-stalk, Rosy Streptopus roseus Yes Northern tip & Thumb LP, Entire UP
Willow-herb, Hairy Epilobium hirsutum No Isolated South & North Tip LP
Windflower Anemone multifida Yes North shore of LP, Eastern UP

Red Blooms

Wild Columbine Wild Columbine
Cardinal Flower Cardinal Flower
Indian Paintbrush Indian Paintbrush
Common Name Scientific Name Native? Range
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Yes Entire LP, Isolated South UP
Indian Blanket Gaillardia pulchella Yes Very Rare, Isolated spots in LP only
Indian Paintbrush Castilleja coccinea Yes Northern LP, scattered throughout rest of State
Milkweed, Common Asclepias syriaca Yes Entire State
Milkweed, Swamp Asclepias incarnata Yes Entire State
Wild Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Yes Entire State

Orange Blooms

Butterfly Milkweed Butterfly Milkweed
Spotted Touch-Me-Not Spotted Touch-me-not
Devils Paintbrush (Orange Hawkweed) Orange Hawkweed
Common Name Scientific Name Native? Range
Lily, Michigan Lilium michiganense Yes Southern LP & Western UP
Lily, Wood Lilium philadelphicum Yes Northern LP & Eastern UP, scattered in Southern LP
Milkweed, Butterfly Asclepias tuberosa Yes Entire LP except North-central & extreme NW, Dickinson County
Orange Hawkweed Hieracium aurantiacum No Entire State
Touch-Me-Not, Spotted Impatiens capensis Yes Entire State

Green & Brown Blooms

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Common Name Scientific Name Native? Range
Cattail Typha latifolia Yes Entire State
Jack-in-the-Pulpit Arisaema triphyllum Yes Entire State
Leafy Spurge Euphorbia esula No Northern LP, scattered in Southern LP, Scattered in UP
Pitcher Plant Sarracenia purpurea Yes Entire State, except scattered in Southeast LP


Here's a few of my most useful tools for wildflower hunting in Michigan... Wildflowers of Michigan - Stan Tekiela Michigan Wildflowers in Color - Harry C. Lund Guide to Great Lakes Coastal Plants - Ellen Elliott Weatherbee Michigan Wildflowers - The most complete online resource (or print for that matter!) I've found. USDA Plants Database - Everything Plants!


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Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Sep 13, 2007 4:56 pm - Voted 10/10

incredible page!

Thanks for collecting this information -- and what an incredible gallery of photos!


dwhike - Sep 13, 2007 5:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: incredible page!

Thanks, I've kinda surprised myself at how fast this page grew...and continues to grow! It kinda bums me out that we're fast exiting wildflower season...I've been hooked if you couldn't tell...oh well, only 8 months 'till spring!


JoelSkok - Apr 28, 2019 1:18 pm - Voted 10/10

Wonderful images of flowers I should know by now!

Truly a blessing to see all these in one place. 10/10 Thanks for your work on our behalf.

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